Mother-Child Homicides Medea Complex

  • Güven Seçkin Kırcı Karadeniz Teknik Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi Adli Tıp Anabilim Dalı
  • Hatice Sonay Yalçın Cömert Karadeniz Teknik Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi Çocuk Cerrahisi Anabilim Dalı
  • Erdal Özer Karadeniz Teknik Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi Adli Tıp Anabilim Dalı
Keywords: Medea complex, child abuse, homicide, forensic medicine, forensic psychiatry


The definition of homicide is killing another living being or especially another person willingly. This situation is an unacceptable crime against humanity in almost every society. There is always difficulty and complexity to understand and explain to kill his/her own child with any reason or result. The aim of our study is to discuss the child homicide with their reasons and view the child homicides who are killed by their parents especially with their historical, social and cultural aspects by the medical jurisprudence. When a child is killed by one of his/her parent than it is named “parenteral filicide”. When we look at the factors of filicide; the type of spouse revenge filicide is mostly seen in women and it is so invincible. This situation is called “Medea Complex”. This complex history which comes from mythological ages is discussed with in child abuse composition. In conclusion child abuse occurs by nonaccidental or with preventable reasons. However, various studies improved that most of those cases can be protectable; every child which we cannot protect from abuse will be our shame of humanity in the 21st century.


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How to Cite
Kırcı G, Yalçın Cömert H, Özer E. Mother-Child Homicides Medea Complex. The Bulletin of Legal Medicine [Internet]. 4Aug.2017 [cited 24Apr.2018];22(2):130-3. Available from:

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